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Super Rugby: Waratahs target three on the bounce

The NSW Waratahs are going in search of their third consecutive win in Super Rugby Pacifica as they prepare to host Melbourne Rebels on Saturday.

After a sluggish start to the season, the Waratahs have started to find their rhythm and are the understandable favourites going into this weekend’s clash against fellow Aussie opposition in the Rebels

Waratahs on the rise

WhatWaratahs v Rebels
WhereAllianz Stadium, Sydney
When19:35 (AEST), Saturday 13th May
How to watchStan Sport
OddsWaratahs 1.40, Rebels 3.00

With three wins in their last four outings in Super Rugby, including victories in their last two games, the Waratahs appear to be a side moving in the right direction. 

Head Coach Darren Coleman will be hoping to take that newfound confidence into their next game with a Rebels side they have struggled against in the past. 

Melbourne have won five of the last seven meetings between these sides but are underdogs going into this game. 

The Waratahs won the last meeting between these sides in New South Wales and are available at 1.40 to make it back-to-back home victories against the Rebels.  

Coleman has made just the one change from the side that overcame the Reds last time out, with Will Harris replacing Taleni Seu at blindside flanker.

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Rebels have strong record in this fixture 

While they might be 3.00 underdogs going into this encounter the Rebels have cause for optimism as they look back on past successes against the Waratahs.  

After winning just two of their 17 previous meetings, the Rebels have enjoyed a strong recent record in this fixture, winning five of the last seven clashes. 

The Rebels will be boosted by the returns of both Josh Canham and Jordan Uelese to the starting XV. 

Canham finds his towering frame back in the Rebel’s second-row, while hooker Uelese gets his first chance to impress from the off, having come off the bench for his first eight appearances in Super Rugby. 

Uelese looks set to have a bright future ahead of him after being named in Eddie Jones’ Wallabies squad earlier this year and will be eager to make an impact against the Waratahs this weekend.

Rebels defence could be the issue 

Games involving the Rebels have been high-scoring affairs this season with plenty of entertainment but it can’t be good for the stress levels of Head Coach Kevin Foote. 

With 379 points conceded in just 10 Super Rugby games, only rock-bottom Moana Pasifika have conceded more (427). 

The Rebels have a -79 points difference ahead of their trip to Sydney and it’s their defence that could well be their undoing this weekend. 

Given their shortcomings without the ball, while also having plenty of threats with the ball in hand, expect a high-scoring game at Allianz Stadium this weekend. 

With 1.91 on offer for over 58.5 Total points, that could be the way to go for a match that Wallabies boss Jones will be keeping a close eye on. 

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